Back-to-school time is always bittersweet. There's the excitement of returning to friends and favorite teachers, but it's always hard to bid goodbye to summer. One way to sweeten the return to school is to celebrate with a special after-school snack — something that shows you’re thinking about them. Once they’ve enjoyed their cookies, it might turn into an opportunity to get them into the kitchen, whipping up another batch to share with old and new friends.
These cookies are very simple and easy to make — who doesn’t love a special afternoon snack?
Sprinkle your child's favorite color through their cookies, or make these cookies extra-special by using chocolate candies or mini M&Ms to spell out your child's initials on the top of the cookie or add a smiley face — or even a wink. Who could resist? A sweet treat is the best surprise to share with friends and family. It will sweeten your whole day.
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate candies, such as M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, mix sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs until well blended. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. Press 3 or 4 additional candies into each cookie.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until light brown. Cool slightly and remove to wire rack. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)